The Adventures of Tartu
Topics poison gas
, secret agent
AKA "Sabotage Agent"
Production Company MGMAudio/Visual mono, b&wLanguage English
A beautiful girl! A dangerous mission!
A Brit (Robert Donat) who happens to be fluent in both Rumanian and German -- and a top-notch chemist into the bargain -- is sent behind enemy lines to destroy a poison gas factory. Starts off as a credible spy thriller, with the Nazis really earning audience hatred, then morphs into a James Bond-style fantasia, complete with an enormous secret underground factory and an overdone superweapon. But no hollow volcano.
Thoroughly entertaining, but a bit of fluff, even as war propaganda films go.
November 22, 2009
Good spying film featuring Robert Donat
Good script, featuring numerous twists and turns and several nail-biting moments. Well done on an obviously limited limited budget, as attested by the odd presence of cars with the steering wheel on the right-hand side in nazi-occupied Czekoslovakia. Suspension of disbelief is more required towards the end, where chemical engineer Tartu turns out to be a deadly marksman pretty much out of the blue.
Still, it's thoroughly entertaining and it's nice to see Robert Donat, from The 39 Steps, in action again.
October 28, 2009
1940s spy movie
This is worth watching just to see Glynis Johns in a dramatic role. I remembered her only from 1960s comedies. Forewarned is forearmed, so prepared for a spy fantasy, I enjoyed the movie, though I doubt I'll watch it again. Robert Donat, who was great in The 39 Steps, does OK here.
I downloaded the 512Kb MPEG4 file. Video and audio were fine.